Swap-bot Time: April 15, 2021 4:56 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: April 15, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

What are you grateful for today?

Tell me something about your life or your day or the weather. I love random glimpses.

Thank you for rating me!

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 54 years old and live in Alameda an island town in a suburb outside San Francisco, California.

A few of my favorite things: Free random things Surprises Pink, Blue, Brown, and all the exotic names for all the colors, I love all the colors of the rainbow and more colors that are in mind's eye but not in the real or material world Dreams Films Cooking channels Fixer Upper Glamping at home like a princess!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: Exploring ways I can save or share my collection. What do you do with your postcards? How do you share, save, or recycle? ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper, yarn, tissue, packaging, even washi tape. I secretly love stickers though they seem not that popular. I've started a mini collection of recycled stickers, like people save used postage stamps. There should be a name for us like philatelist! But for stickers. It's a mini collection because it seems to be politically or socially incorrect to confess to this love here among "serious" arts and crafters. But then, I'm not good at being serious since I'm exceedingly serious at my day job.

Favorite Books

Currently listening to the audiobook by Ursula Le Guin, The Unreal and the Real. Reading Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawamani

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Black Lives Matter and even beyond that I have loved James Baldwin since I discovered him by wandering around my local library and picking up books. I love everything he has written from fiction like Another Country to non-fiction, Price of the Ticket. The latest tv show Lovecraft Country has a voice over excerpt of James Baldwin and I was jumping up and down in my living room screaming that's James Baldwin. He writes the kind of words that make me want to cry and laugh and dance. When he talks or writes about jazz it makes me want to play the piano or dance and sway like I can feel the drums beating. He became an ex-pat and moved to Paris and France and explored the Negro experience in that country, which has its own struggles and history different from ours here in the USA but I could gush and gush. There are times when I feel so raw and realize that is how I am, I come across to other people at times, deep and raw and oversharing. But it's epic. And beautiful and yet some things a person has to experience on their own. They can't just read about or hear about. They need to go out and walk the trail, or smell the rain, or watch the waves crash at the ocean. Not everything can come through a book, but it is nice to find an author or a book or movie/tv show that can convey some of the beauty.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Cyber fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler


*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison *Ursula LeGuin

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee


*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau


On writing, mostly I write for myself. I've kept a journal or diary since I was a kid. Today I've decided to try a writing group here at swap-bot. I feel nervous about sharing what I write but just look at this profile page...it is filled with words. It will be a challenge but I probably need to feel less possessive about my private writing and to share some of it with other people. Part of me is very excited to try a new creative writing group experience!


Swim, walk, run, and dance. I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.


Themes or Genres or things I like sooo many to list but including: Firefly Lord of the Rings Fairies, Gnomes Studio Ghibli Electric Dreams as in Do Robots Dream Electric Sheep? Blade Runner The Sixth Sense The Warrens Dune

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals.

Here are a few of my favorite crystals: Rock crystal, rutilated quartz, amazonite, tourmaline, pyrite, mica, rose quartz, celetite, serpentine, selenite, jasper, azurite, obsidian, and many more.

I'm looking for homes for most of my beloved stones, rocks, minerals and crystals. Please message or write to me about types you are seeking. I am happy to gift some of my collection.


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I love to change my daily playlist with my 5000+ songs in my collection.

Gardens & Plants

My husband and I have planted a small victory garden. We have had a garden for over 10 years. This year we planted with the intention of reducing our dependence on the grocery store.

Blooming this week are the cherry and plum and almond trees. Volunteer or return visitor mache (if you don't know what mache is think of butter lettuce but mini or microgreen). Green onions, various herbs, blackberries, strawberries. Scented flowers like jasmine and lavender and rose. Have you ever bathed in rose petals or rose hips? You can also bathe in lavender though I'm allergic to it so I watch it from a distance. I feel like a QUEEN when I bathe in rose petals!!

What about you? Do you grow anything?

How are you serving these pandemic times?


USAFwife rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great letter. :)
Karen07 rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Great letter on my favorite kind of stationery! Thank you!
dorcii rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for your letter! :) I will write my reply soon *.*
Jrmd1103 rated for Good as Gold ATC swap (USA) on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful gold card thank you I been trying to get out to California for the last couple years to visit a friend I can’t wait to see the state stay safe
annim rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your letter! :)
fiorellaione rated for R&W In March I read .... EMAIL on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you Marie for sharing your month's readings! The books you said you didn't finish are because you're still reading them or because you stopped reading them? I also like listening to the same stories over and over again, there's some sort of comfort in that, isn't it? In my case, they're short stories that I have in the mix of a playlist, so they always come up unexpected in between songs, and it's always a nice surprise.
megan1230 rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: That's a great after-vaccination list! I'm really excited to return to somewhat normal but I'll probably still wear a mask, haha. Can't believe we were all just spitting on each other, haha.
XFoxgloveX rated for Library Lovers Letter Swap on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved it
CajunLady rated for R&W In March I read .... EMAIL on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: There's nothing wrong with not finishing a book. And I started The Wizard of Earthsea last week!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In March I read ... on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing your updates. You've really gotten your TBR down! Wow, only 6! I'm impressed. :) I keep adding more than I read. :( Hope your weather cooperates soon so you can plant your flowers. :)
suepier rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #3 Int'l on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and the lovely note.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade postcard
chimerix rated for Tickled Pink ATC swap (USA) on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty ATC and the extras to craft with. Aloha
SioneSloane rated for Green with Envy ATC swap (USA) on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful impressionist ATC! Your garden must be lovely.
Comment: Hi Marie! Cool to see you join the swap and I loved that artsy envelope and recycling that you did!! I'll be writing back!! Hope Sunny is still doing better!! (I don't care about how long it takes to write back, just care about the quality of a letter--you're good!)
Comment: Thanks for your nice letter
Comment: Thanks for your list and the tea. I love chai!
Fuchsi rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #3 Int'l on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: Hello Marie and thank you very much for your Totoro-postcard! :-) It's such a cute anime movie!! Stay safe!
suepier rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #1 Int'l on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
AlisonKingWriter rated for InCoWriMo 2021 #3 Int'l on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card! I definitely dont desire to visit Alcatraz either! Have a lovely day! <3 AL

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megan1230 on Apr 5, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome JAM! Can't wait for the journal!

supersquirrel on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the surprise package of goodies ❤️🐿️❤️. Just in time for a crafty weekend 😊

beachchicken on Feb 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the homer with the message in a bottle! I love it!

itsnobody on Jan 3, 2021:

Did you receive my last letter. Hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy!


wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Oooops!! It is not your birthday. Sorry about that!!

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope you had a great one!!

wyrdfae on Nov 4, 2020:

Thank you for sending me the completed jam. I love it so much.

hibiscus on Oct 28, 2020:

Thank you for a lovely jams finish .. what a kind generous and thoughtful swap!

supersquirrel on Sep 2, 2020:

Thank you for the disco jam homer

and the cool fabric - it will be fun to create with.

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